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Palazzo Plans Amendment To Add 12th NSC To DHS Budget

July 19, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) on Thursday said he plans to introduce an amendment next week to provide funding for a 12th Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) when the House Appropriations Committee marks up the fiscal year 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee (HAC-HS) unanimously approved […]

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House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

June 27, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to […]

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Senate Appropriators Back More F-35s For Navy, Marines

June 26, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel (SAC-D) approved a $675-billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 26 that would fund 89 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 12 more than the Trump administration requested. The Marine Corps and Navy would get a total of 41 F-35Bs and F-35Cs, up from the request for 29 jets, according […]

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Senate Appropriators Back Administration on Border Security Funding

June 25, 2018 by Calvin Biesecker

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that prioritizes building physical barriers along the southern border more so than additional technology deployments. The committee’s markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s spending bill includes $1.6 billion for physical barriers and related infrastructure, the same as […]

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Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

June 21, 2018 by Marc Selinger

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

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House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

June 20, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]

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Senate Passes FY 2019 Defense Authorization Bill, Setting Up Conference With House

June 19, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill late June 19, sending the $716 billion measure to a conference committee with the House. The Senate approved the legislation by an 85-10 vote, capping almost two weeks of floor debate.  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who steered the bill through the […]

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Senate Panel Proposes Increase To DHS Budget, Fully Funds Border Fence

by Calvin Biesecker

The Senate panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security is recommending $48.3 billion for the department in fiscal year 2019, an increase above the requested amount and the current budget. The proposal is $900 million more than the Trump administration requested and $611 million above the fiscal year 2018 appropriation, and includes […]

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